Any creative writers out there, do you ever get the urge to look back over your old work, just to see how your writing has changed? I thought this in the context of flash, but rerally, it applies to anything. It might even apply to just matter-of-fact, tell-it-like-it-is blog posts.
(No, let’s be generous. Instead of “changed”, let’s use the word “improved”.)
I identified what I think is my first piece of flash today. I keep them all, though I have no intention to do anything with them. It was only July ’20. I haven’t been writing for long. That’s my excuse.
I had in mind an edit. Same tale, but I felt sure that in just over twelve months, I’ve picked up skills to make the writing both better and briefer.
But do you ever think there’s a good argument for just burying the dead?
That first piece, I had the idea of developing characters that I could use in prompt responses. But even with established characters, I concluded that you still needed four or five minutes to spin a good yarn, and I think that’s too long for a prompt response.
But I can’t help wondering, what will I think of my current writing, in twelve months time?
And maybe it gives an insight into how Stephen King must feel when he picks up something he wrote fifty years ago?